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Fair use at Emerson


Introducing… Fairuse.Emerson.edu!


Faculty have long been asking for help assessing the legality of using copyright materials in their classroom. This tool will help guide you through the things to consider while making your decision. After you are finished, you can print the results for your records.

Iwasaki Library Director Robert Fleming describes the situation:

Over the summer, the decision in the closely-watched copyright infringement lawsuit filed by publishers against George State University was handed down. In their complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the University had improperly posted copyrighted materials on a course management system without seeking permission from copyright holders. The decision, currently under appeal, found that almost all of the uses in question were within fair use. According to copyright expert Kenneth Crews, the decision underscores the importance of knowing how to conduct a fair use analysis. Crews also suggests that in today’s legal environment, we need to be prepared to account for our actions.

In response, staff members from IT, ITG and the Iwasaki Library have developed a new tool to assist faculty members in conducting a fair use analysis. It can be found at http://fairuse.emerson.edu. Originally envisioned as a tool to assist faculty members who wanted to post clips from films on Median, the language has been broadened so that it can be used by faculty who are considering the use of copyrighted materials from books and journals as well. Questions about the tool and how to use it should be emailed to copyright@emerson.edu.

Chronicle coverage of the decision can be found here: http://chronicle.com/article/Long-Awaited-Ruling-in/131859/.

Want to Google Like a Librarian?

Eager to learn some advanced ways to harness Google’s search capabilities?

Join the Iwasaki Library and the Instructional Technology Group on Wednesday, February 29th and learn how to “Google Like a Librarian.” We will dive into some advanced search techniques, tips for site evaluation, and research tools such as Google Scholar and Google Books. Seats are limited, please email Christina Dent to reserve one. Details are as follows:

What: Google Like a Librarian Workshop
When: 02/29/2012, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Iwasaki Library Classroom (Walker Building)
Who: Emerson faculty, staff, and students
RSVP: christina_dent@emerson.edu

For more information, please contact Christina Dent.

Sponsored by Library with Instructional Technology Group.


Join us for Tech Talks!

Do you love your technology but hate to spend $$$?

Come participate in a discussion about technology and saving money at this month’s Tech Talk:

Tech Talk: Doing More with Less
When: February 8, 3:00-4:00 pm
Where: Walker 416
Who: Open to the Emerson community.

We’ll exchange tips on how to get the hardware and software you need without spending too much, whether it’s coming out of your departmental budget or your own (or a loved one’s) wallet. To sweeten the deal, we’ll bring some Valentine’s Day candy to share.

Sponsored by the Library and the Instructional Technology Group

TED Talks and Pizza!

Join ITG and the Iwasaki Library today for this month’s Tech Talk:

TED Talks and Pizza
Today Dec. 12th at 2pm
Campus Center L151

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome
(Yes, there will be pizza!)

We’ll be viewing and discussing a collection of intriguing TED videos related to various areas of technology:

  • We are all cyborgs now
  • Ze Frank’s web playroom
  • Dance vs. PowerPoint
  • Where good ideas come from
  • The technology of storytelling
  • How YouTube thinks about copyright

We’ll watch in the order of most popular. To determine what that order is, vote for your favorite at:


See you there!